One of the misconceptions of the Theater Artists work displayed as gallery art is the fact that all of the sketching, model construction and rendering work that we do with pencil, pen, paper, paint and glue isn't the finished art work at all. These articles on display are merely the working ideas and the products of a concept or an approach to a play production. The finished art work of a theater artists is ephemeral and is truly only experienced in the moment of performance with the audience present. The actual artwork has already come and gone, yet these artifacts remain.
- Gregory Pulver
I have been designing scenery and lighting for professional theatre shows in the Pacific Northwest since 1983 when I moved to Seattle for graduate study at the University of Washington where I got my MFA in Theatre Design. It was during my training at UW that I worked as an apprentice to a local USAA Scenic Artist, and a draftsman for both Seattle Opera and Seattle Repertory Theatre. It was this additional training that has inspired my love of large scale painting and scenery with decorative detail. This is something that I still continue to explore in my designs today. I strive for my designs to evoke a world of the play, and I train my students at the University of Portland in the skills of effective collaboration and creative process to be visual storytellers.
- Larry Larsen